Meydan Retail Complex & Multiplex
Retail Architect of the Year Award
ULI Europe Award for Excellence
European Business Award for the Environment
2008 Prime Property Award
ArkiPARC 2008 Property Awards
Location: Istanbul, Turkey
Client: Metro Group AG
Date: 2007 Completion
Total Area: 55,000m2
Budget: £34 million
FOA Partner in Charge: Alejandro Zaera-Polo
Project Architect: Friedrich Ludewing
Competition: Kenichi Matzusawa, Chris Yoo
Scheme/Detailed Design: Farshid Moussavi, Christian Wittmeir, Samira Azhar, Andrei Gheorghe, Emory Smith, Ebru Simsek
The Meydan Retail Complex and Multiplex performs not just as an efficient retail complex but as a true urban centre in one of the fastest growing areas of Istanbul. Located in a suburban area on the Asian sector of the city, the site borders an IKEA as well as residential plots to be developed in the near future.
Through its geometry and circulation strategy, the complex anticipates its subsequent integration into a dense inner city context as an alternative to the usual out-of-town retail box development. The different retail spaces are clustered together and parking is placed underground, liberating the ground entirely for a large urban square in the centre of the scheme. The central square is activated though a number of new pedestrian routes, linking the underground car park to the ground level and accessible from the wider city context though two new routes across the roofs of the retail spaces.
To organise the retail volumes as an extension of the surrounding topography rather than as sheds on an asphalt platform – as is common with out of town retail developments – all roofs are connected to the surrounding topography at several points and designed as gardens with extensive vegetation. In addition to physical continuities between the new development and the surrounding context, roof lights are introduced to retail areas that create visual contact between the retail spaces and the gardens on the roofs. In this way, the experience of shopping at Meydan is connected with the surrounding urban fabric.